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    Pussy Riot May Be Freed Thursday

    Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

    An amnesty bill marking the anniversary of Russia's post-Communist constitution in 1993 could allow for members of the Pussy Riot band and arrested Greenpeace activists to be released early, says Russia's state-run news agency. The law, which has been back by lawmakers in its final draft, would affect thousands of non-violent Russian prisoners as well as those on trial. The Russian government's human rights record has come under fire lately as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

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